Outdoor lighting considerations


Well-designed lighting provides better visibility, a sense of security and minimizes energy use, operating costs and adverse effects to the environment.

Your outdoor lighting should:

  • Use the optimum number of fixtures with appropriate light output. Make sure to provide adequate light for your needs, but never light excessively.
  • Restrict the light output, as much as practical, to the intended area. Excess light wastes energy, and may disturb neighbors or the community.
  • Use high-efficiency lamps that meet design standards for color and quality.
  • Use dependable fixtures, lamps and other materials to minimize outages and associated maintenance expenses.
  • Be designed for cost-effective maintenance without overly burdening yourself, your maintenance personnel, or your budget.
  • Conform to local lighting ordinances.